20 Sep. 2021 21:36

The world’s sharpest lockdown and the massive intervention of the police against protests over the corona measures in Australia have now led to US Republicans wanting to resort to a means that is otherwise reserved for political opponents of the US: sanctions.

American Republicans urged the United States to impose sanctions on Australia this week in response to several cases where Australian police officers violently attacked “unauthorized protests”.

On Sunday said in an article Ben Kew – the English editor of the Florida Conservative magazine El American – That the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison “has to pay for such shameless human rights violations”, which happened against protesters as well as against other Australians through the strict COVID-19 lockdown measures.

“What happens in Australia has never happened before. This once flourishing liberal democracy is now more reminiscent of a tyrannical regime. Be it through sanctions, boycotts or simple diplomatic warnings, the world must act.”

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“What happened in this former colonial outpost is neither normal nor acceptable. In fact, the behavior of the Australian government and its security apparatus has openly violated the most basic rights of its citizens,” wrote Kew, also mentioning the Australian development of a facial recognition app keeping people in quarantine, banning Australians from leaving the country, and policies that have stranded tens of thousands of Australians overseas.

Kew described Australia’s new AUKUS treaty with the USA and Great Britain, which is allegedly directed against China, as “ironic” and argued that “the Chinese currently have more freedoms (under COVID) than their Australian counterparts”. And he said that since Australia is one of the leading countries in the free world, it should meet higher standards.

From this, Kew concludes that Australia needs “boycotts, diplomatic warnings or even targeted sanctions” for its treatment of Australian citizens during the pandemic, to show that “the free world is not standing by” when human rights are “so aggressively undermined”.

Kew’s article was endorsed by prominent US Republican groups and individuals, including Republicans for National Renewal.

The group, chaired by former Republican MP Kerry Bentivolio, shared the article on Twitter calling Australia’s actions “despicable,” adding, “We should expect better from one of our closest allies.”

Conservative commentator Mike Cernovich, former congressional candidate Chuck Callesto, and Matthew Tyrmand – a researcher at the conservative Claremont Institute and the son of the late Polish-American anti-communist author Leopold Tyrmand – also shared this article.

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“Americans did not die for Australians in World War II so that they could become the slaves of a tyrant,” commented one American, while another called on the US to “liberate Australia”.

Former Australian diplomat Bruce Haigh also condemned the Morrison government on Monday, comparing the Morrison country to “apartheid South Africa”.

“Australia is now for Asia and Europe exactly where apartheid South Africa was. The doors are closing,” warned Haigh. And then he called on the government to release the Sri Lankan Murugappan family who have been detained in Australia since they applied for asylum in 2018.

On Saturday, Haigh warned that Australia was now “isolated in Asia and Europe” because of the AUKUS treaty, which neighboring countries China, Malaysia and Indonesia are rejecting.

“The region is furious about the Morrison and Dutton submarine decision,” concluded Haigh.

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